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    Default 250 vrs. 300

    I spent 10 years on 300's and in 2017 went back to a 250 that I love. Selling that bike to my son. Now getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2020 most likely will be a 250. Just asking if there are any 250 guys out there have have regrets and wished they bought a 300.

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    Default Re: 250 vrs. 300

    Curious as well, being that all 250/300 (except SX) are TPI for 2020. Haven't paid much attention to the TPI reviews, but I know people were saying the 300 felt down on power compared to the carbed models. Has that trend continued and is it the same case with the 250s? For the first time a couple weeks ago I finally felt like I wanted more out of my 250 XC, and that was at 12,000 ft in colorado.
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    If your loving the 17 250 I'm sure you'll be thrilled with the 2020 250. It feels stronger off the bottom and runs spot on out of the crate. My 18 carb'd 250 XCW which was the best bike I've owned to date needed a few mods to get there and was never consistent with jetting. Was planning to purchase a 2020 300 xcw in Aug. but due to availability had to settle on another 250. The new bike has plenty of low end and lugs better than my 18 did with Rktek head and JD jetting. I've ridden a 2020 TE300i back to back with mine and felt they were more similar than different. Would have loved the 300 for it's bigger bottom end but aside from that the difference isn't significant IMHO. Good luck.
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    I went from a 300 to a 250. I race though, and the 300 just tired me out because I couldn't ride it like it's meant to be ridden. I like to ride a little on the pipe and the 300 just wore me out in a 2 hour race. The 250 has plenty of power for me and I' 230 pounds. To me, the 250 just feels like a lighter bike, even though it isn't. Certainly easier for me to go faster on though. I guess it depends on the type of riding you do, as well as where you ride. If I didn't race, I'd probably go with the 300. Higher elevations, 300 is probably better than the 250 but I can't really back that up. At the end of the day you can't go wrong with either bike...although I think the 250 is enough bike for most of us. Just bought a 2020 250 but haven't ridden it yet to see how it compares to my 2019.

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    I panicked and wanted one more carb bike before they were gone... but all the 300's were gone. I reluctantly took a great deal on a 19 250XC and it just BLOWS ME AWAY! The motor is super fun. Very lively, faster than $#!+, and not at all hard to control. There is ZERO vibration and the rev is insane. I had always been "afraid" to buy the little 250, and always got 300's (or 380's back in their day). Could not be happier.

    Oh... I was so convinced that I wouldn't like the 250 that I had the dealer make me a package deal with a good buy on a 300 kit. It's still sitting in the shop with no plans to install anytime soon. It's that much fun. Woods play rider. Mikuni tuned with supplied jets.
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    I've had a couple of 300's, but I'm just a 250 guy. So no regrets at all with my 250TPI. Lugs great, revs great, just a great all around motor. Even at 12K+ altitude I never wished for more motor. But we're all different. If you live pretty much all the time off the pipe, the 300's are great too.
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    I just got back riding my 2018 KTM 250XC at high elevation in Colorado. Ran a Smart Carb 2 in it. That 250 ran excellent and had no problem handling elevation. In some of the real technical/steep climbs I would put it into 1st gear and it would lug up anything I thru at it. Even road up American Flag Mountain in Taylor Park and it had no problem riding up to 11K+ elevation. The 250 never wore me out and the power was always very manageable and never got out of control. Can't wait to take it back to CO in a few years.
    Quote Originally Posted by Diamonds View Post
    I went from a 300 to a 250. I race though, and the 300 just tired me out because I couldn't ride it like it's meant to be ridden. I like to ride a little on the pipe and the 300 just wore me out in a 2 hour race. The 250 has plenty of power for me and I' 230 pounds. To me, the 250 just feels like a lighter bike, even though it isn't. Certainly easier for me to go faster on though. I guess it depends on the type of riding you do, as well as where you ride. If I didn't race, I'd probably go with the 300. Higher elevations, 300 is probably better than the 250 but I can't really back that up. At the end of the day you can't go wrong with either bike...although I think the 250 is enough bike for most of us. Just bought a 2020 250 but haven't ridden it yet to see how it compares to my 2019.
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    twofiddy smokers have just always felt "right" for me. I had an 86.5/350, 91/300, 00/200- always came back to mama bear.
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    My 2020 300 W is my 6th 300 and I find it to be the smoothest, most tractable and easiest bike to ride I have ever been on, it seems that it can be any displacement you want depending on throttle position and don't get me wrong it still is a very powerful bike when you want it, every time I ride it I always have a huge grin because everything seems so easy!! I did try a 17 250 XC but quickly traded it back in for a 300 W because I couldn't get along with the air fork and missed the torque of the 300 but to be fair I didn't change the head which I am sure would have made me happy and I know the air forks are now really nice. Both displacements are great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus_Flat View Post
    Curious as well, being that all 250/300 (except SX) are TPI for 2020. Haven't paid much attention to the TPI reviews, but I know people were saying the 300 felt down on power compared to the carbed models. Has that trend continued and is it the same case with the 250s? For the first time a couple weeks ago I finally felt like I wanted more out of my 250 XC, and that was at 12,000 ft in colorado.
    I've ridden 2 TPI 300's and both felt as strong or stronger than my '17 300XC-W with an RK Tek head. The TPI 300's rev a little more freely than the carb bikes, so they feel more like a 250 when on the pipe, but they still have the great low end grunt that a 300 is supposed to have.
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